6–9pm, free, booking essential, materials supplied

Inspired by Laura White’s use of materials, get creative with artist Nick Davies for a literal take on DIY festive decorations. Think of materials in new ways and enjoy an evening getting into the festive spirit with fellow craft enthusiasts over a glass of mulled wine.

1 December 2012

3–5pm, free

Join us for the opening We Can Have it All. Laura White will be in conversation with Eliza Gluckman of curatorial partnership Day+Gluckman from 4pm. They will discuss White’s work and her influences before welcoming questions from the audience.

 

Laura White Studio Visit & Interview

29 November 2012

In this solo exhibition by the London based artist Laura White, sculptural and photographic works explore and respond to human relationships and negotiation with the ‘stuff’ of the world. White considers value, profile, association and the meaning of individual and collections of objects in specific circumstances. Relationships are created and questions are provoked in relation to these various objects concerning value and taste, and our relationship to consumer culture.

Displayed on bespoke plinths, works sit on the boundaries of ’art objects’. Every item is treated with a regard to its visual aesthetic, production, and authorship. White reduces articles to the same material and level of craftsmanship, thus confusing their status.

New photographic works play with scale and placement, materiality and production. Large scale prints mounted on boards displayed in an unconventional manner invite the viewer to gather their own understanding of the value, status and authorship of the ornate objects being represented.

We Can Have it All offers a timely investigation into pre-conceived ideas and conditions that trigger our understanding of objects we come across in the world, from the everyday to those commonly encountered in a gallery or museum. These ideas and conditions shift and alter through investigation and understanding of the work, be it visual or contextual. Through breaching the boundaries of socially constructed categories, White suggests that it may just be possible to ‘have it all’.

 

Laura White Studio Visit & Interview

 

Laura White We Can Have it All Exhibition Opening

Laura White ‘We Can Have it All’ Interactive Exhibition Tour


28 September 2012

Spacex presents the first UK solo exhibition by Finland based artist John Court. New works will be shown alongside drawings and performance produced over the last fifteen years. His output includes performance, sculpture and video, but he considers all his work to be fundamentally concerned with drawing, in that drawing connects the elements of line, movement, space and time.

Court is severely dyslexic. He began drawing at the age of nineteen, using it as a means to comprehend and come to terms with the difficulties and negative experiences he had gone through at school. During this process he gained self-confidence through learning to read and write in his own way. The theme of control interests him, where the act of writing becomes an encounter with (dis)empowerment.

In Court’s drawings it is difficult to decipher the hand of the artist, his involvement is almost devoid and hidden from view. In some instances his works look as if they have been made by a machine, possessing a reductivist quality and a sense of purity. However, in reality as with all his works, they explore time, slowness, attention to detail and precision. The exploration of time is employed in the process, the drawings take months to create.

Alongside the varied drawings, the exhibition will also include a series of films and documentary, trace material from earlier performance works and a selection of sculptural (three dimensional) drawing works, some of which gallery visitors will be able to interact with and engage with their tactile nature. In Court’s work we will witness the parallels between drawing/sketching and text/language. His work investigates the ways in which language intersects with drawing.

Spacex has commissioned a new performance by Court that will mark the closing of the exhibition. Viewers will witness Court pushing his body beyond technique and exhaustion. The performance will last for eight hours, this duration is based on the time of an average working day. The piece will take place in the gallery space and could be read quite literally as marking time.

A recent work which took place north of the Arctic Circle involved walking 200 metres in a straight line over 8 hours. Court’s performances are not preparatory works for another stage, they are an ephemeral act. We experience his body in motion; there is a silence and grace to the act, which plays against the pure physicality of the action.

 

John Court Interview Part One

 

John Court Interview Part Two

27 July 2012

Join us for the opening of This Was Tomorrow. Michael Samuels will offer an insight into his work from 4pm.

Back to Events

26 June 2012

 

11am–1pm, £5 or 2 for £7, booking advised,

under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

 

Cardboard Creations

Tuesday 14 August, ages up to 6

See what you can make using boxes of all different sizes and your imagination.

 

Found Sculptures

Wednesday 15 August, ages 6+

Make your own sculptures from junk shop finds and create a mini exhibition.

 

Mask Making

Thursday 16 August, ages 6+

Find out about the 1950s and create a character mask with period features.

 

Sellotape Casting

Friday 17 August, ages 6+

Try out this new technique for making casts of objects, then create a display with lighting.

 

Colour and Light Play

Tuesday 21 August, ages up to 6

Explore colour and light using cellophane, bubbles and sun print photography.

 

3D Collage

Wednesday 22 August, ages 6+

Cut and paste in this fun session exploring 3D collage inspired by This Was Tomorrow.

 

Set Design

Thursday 23 August, ages 6+

Work with a set designer to create your own stage set complete with characters.

 

Abstract Painting

Friday 24 August, ages 6+

Make an abstract painting inspired by Michael Samuels’ sculptures.

16 June 2012

11am–1pm, ages 6–11, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, £5 per session or £12 for 3, includes materials and refreshments

Warm up your winter Saturdays with activities from creating your own festive decorations to designing some Eastern inspired wallpaper. Whether you drop by once or come every week, you are welcome to take part in these fun art workshops.

15 December — Baubles and Spangles
Get into a festive mood. Create curious shapes and use luminous colours to make unique decorations for your home inspired by Laura White’s sculptures.

19 January — Chinoiserie — CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Explore pattern and decoration influenced by the Far East. Design and print some fabulously exotic wallpaper.

26 January — Moulding Magazines
Experiment with shape and colour. Fashion some colourful, papier-mâché sculptures with interesting titles by combining collage with three dimensional forms.

2 February — Transformation
Take some everyday items and recreate them as a completely new object, give them a new lease of life as a work of art!

9 February — Thoughts of Spring
In darkest winter, make plant like constructions from foil, elastic bands, and paper. This garden will start to ‘grow and glow’ on the gallery wall under artificial light created by projectors rather than the sun.

1 June 2012

In This Was Tomorrow, Michael Samuels continues to investigate sculptural structures, addressing formal, material and spatial qualities. He continues to utilise Modernist furniture, most commonly G-plan, which he breaks down to a point where it can no longer be identified for its intended use. Once deconstructed, he rebuilds the furniture in a spontaneous manner and through doing so, heightens the tension between the intended function of the objects and their immaterial value.

Samuel’s most ambitious work to date, Tragedy of the Commons, dominates the main gallery space. Slight in width compared to its height, functional elements of a number of the parts are more intelligible. The interior of drawers are used and unpolished, chipboard is visible as opposed to the veneer previously encountered. Functional G-clams and ratchet straps reveal the works construction, angelpoise lamps and LED’s are used to highlight the forms, exaggerate the voids and extend the structure beyond its physical presence.

New works which have never been shown further manifest the adhocism and spontaneity of his practice. Floor standing sculptures convey a sense of performative energy, standing at precarious angles that evoke a feeling that collapse is imminent. New wall based structures have been created that are both abstract and dynamic, paying reference to modernist and abstract painting. The formal lines of these wall hung pieces offers up the opportunity to engage with the work both as a three dimensional experience and as the flat plane of a painting. This push towards abstraction maintains the notion that abstraction is only ever possible in relation to function.

Michael Samuels Tragedy of the Commons installation

13 May 2012

Fear of place is the focus of this exhibition. As an anxiety disorder, topophobia is an irrational dread of certain places or situations. However, considered as a cultural manifestation, the condition connects us to existential human questions of how we find our place in the world. The exhibition explores the representation of place and space as both threatened and threatening.

This group show features the work of ten artists; Anne Eggebert, Matthias Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Polly Gould, Marja Helander, Uta Kogelsberger, Abigail Reynolds, Almut Rink, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson.

Louise K Wilson has been invited to produce a new work in parallel to the exhibition. This work, Missing Scenes – An Evening at Hanging Rock, is based on Peter Weir’s iconic film Picnic at Hanging Rock. The work will be presented at Exeter Phoenix on 5 July. It will consist of a screening of Weir’s original 1975 feature film with video and sound interventions by the artist.

Topophobia is a touring show curated by Eggebert-and-Gould, previous venues include Danielle Arnaud, London 14 January–19 February 2012 and Bluecoat, Liverpool 3 March–22 April 2012.

A publication including colour plates of the artists’ works with texts by Polly Gould, a short fiction by Leslie Forbes, essays by Dr Caterina Albano, Thomas D Trummer and Eggebert-and-Gould, accompanies the exhibition. The book is distributed by John Rule (www.johnrule.co.uk).

Further information can be found on the Topophobia website at www.topophobia.co.uk

 

Topophobia: An insight

Topophobia: An overview

Related Events

Eerie Landscape

Wednesday 6th June

2–4pm, free, ages 5+, booking essential

Create an eerie landscape with moving parts to reveal what’s hidden behind trees or in doorways.

The Wood Between the Worlds

Thursday 14th June

9pm-12am, free, ages 16 + at Haldon Forest, booking essential

Artist Tony Whitehead will lead a nighttime stroll across the heaths and into the woods in search of night creatures, real and imaginary. Explore the forest, described as a portal where travel between waking and dream is possible.

Gallery Breakfast

28 June 2012, 8.00am
8–9am, free, all ages, no need to book

Join us for breakfast and take the opportunity to see Topophobia.

Saturday Art Club Worshops 

11am-1pm, ages 6-11 (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult). £5 per session or 3 for £12

19 May – My amazing Journey 
Construct a tabletop scene to represent the best (or worst) journey of your life.

26 May — Bigger Picture
Help create a huge drawing inspired by a bird’s-eye view of the earth.

16 June — New World
Re-arrange maps and add your own features to create a new world.

23 June — Gallery Wanderers
Find out about different sorts of temporary shelter, then set up and decorate your own encampment in the gallery.

30 June — Art in Your Pocket
Make a portable artwork inspired by traditional arts and crafts of worldwide nomadic cultures.

Family Sunday

Sunday 24 June

2–4pm, free, all ages, no need to book

An afternoon of creative activities to engage, challenge and inspire. Join us as we explore the exhibition and make original artworks. Hot drinks, juice and biscuits will be available.

Please note that an adult should accompany children at all times.

Contact Microphone Making

Saturday 30th June

2–5pm, £8, ages 16+, booking essential

Topophobia artist Louise K Wilson will demonstrate some of the unusual microphones she uses to make her work. Participants will make a simple contact microphone and use it to listen in on and record some of the hidden and underwater spaces in the city.

Missing Scenes – An Evening at Hanging Rock

Thursday 5th July 2012

6.15pm, free, at Exeter Phoenix, booking essential via Exeter Phoenix Box Office 01392 667 080

Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, will be screened with sound and video interventions by Louise K Wilson. She will explore the film’s multiple interpretations and resistance to resolution. The work has been commissioned as part of Topophobia.

 

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12 May 2012

How should we define Community? What are the politics of working beyond the Gallery? Spacex have recently taken part in a new publication, which brings together curators, directors and programmers from ten UK galleries to debate community and art. It explores notions of pedagogy, site, the social and political role of the gallery and considers reasons for the proliferation of programming relating to social context in the last decade. The texts in the book reveal the ideas, histories, institutions and individuals shaping the terrain and provide a candid insight into how contemporary galleries operate.

Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics (Whitechapel Gallery) is edited by Marijke Steedman, with an introduction from Grant Kester. It is available to purchase in gallery, for more information contact Martha@spacex.org.uk

1 March 2012